IV sedation/general anesthesia uses medications to allow the patient to go to sleep while receiving dental treatment. Surgical patients or patients with high levels of anxiety or special needs may benefit from IV sedation/general anesthesia. The doctor can discuss the benefits of general anesthesia and help patients determine if it is the best choice for them.
Conscious Oral Sedation
Conscious oral sedation is alternative minimal sedation that allows you to remain awake but relaxed. For people who have a fear of dental procedures, conscious sedation may take away some of the anxiety. The doctor will combine the use of oral sedation along with a local anesthetic, so you have little to no discomfort. You should plan to have someone bring you to the appointment and be available to drive you home following treatment.